UPDATE (at bottom of post): Letter writer to Romenesko accuses Jarvis and Arrington of falsely accusing Damin Darlin (author of the NYT article that started this kerfuffle) of attacking bloggers.
Nothing like a battle between mainstream media and bloggers over journalism ethics to add some juicy drama to the weekend. Here’s the quick and dirty:
The New York Times runs a story taking tech bloggers (including TechCrunch) to task for running stories without verification.
TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington fires back, accusing the Times of having already made up its mind about what kind of story it was going to run before it interviewed him.
And Jeff Jarvis weighs in, declaring that “process journalism” — reporting what is known or believed to be true as it is learned — is replacing the myth of perfection, wherein reporters get the story verified beyond any doubt before packaging and presenting it to readers.
Ah, but there’s the rub: What is the potential harm in reporting what falls into a category that’s perhaps a notch or two below what is “believed to be true”? Arrington makes the argument that TechCrunch’s post on rumors of Apple being in talks to acquire Twitter was based on a previously reliable source. Furthermore, he argues, the very act of reporting a rumor is a way of verifying by beating the bushes, so to speak:
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Who the hell is enrolling in journalism school? That’s the questioned posed recently by Sarah Lacy, upon learning that enrollment in J-schools is on the rise.
To understand the puzzlement behind Lacy’s query, it helps to understand her background. Lacy, who has covered business news for the past 10 years, writes for BusinessWeek and Tech Ticker. But she didn’t get to where she is taking classes on media theory or news writing or journalistic ethics:
I like to joke that I’m “unqualified” to do my job. But I think it was precisely that total lack of journalism training that gave me an edge. I never worked the cops-and-courts beat. I don’t know how to write an inverted pyramid story or even really what that is. I do know how to write for different platforms, be scrappy and break news. I’ve had zero important alum connections and never got an internship at a big daily. And, in hindsight, that’s probably the greatest stroke of luck I could have had.
I admire Lacy’s ability to succeed without formal training, but I can personally attest that I probably wouldn’t haven’t gained the experience I have without J-school as a conduit and connection-builder.
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Tagged BusinessWeek, Forbes, hottest bloggers, journalism education, journalism school, Playboy, Sarah Lacy, Tech Ticker, TechCrunch
At TechCrunch, Robin Wauters calls music search engine Fizy slick, superfast and addictive. Indeed. It. Is.
Yesterday, a friend forwarded me a job posting on JournalismJobs seeking contributors to Examiner.com’s Tampa Bay outlet. And after spending a considerable amount of time on the site, I decided I needed a second opinion to confirm my reaction that the whole enterprise is an unqualified mess.
I found it.
From a TechCrunch article published last October (via the Washington Post):